When life feels hard, it’s easy to blame yourself. If only you were more organized. If only you got up earlier. If only you hadn’t lost your temper. It can seem like everyone around you is doing it better: eating healthier, exercising, getting their kids to listen (at any age).
Add panic attacks or PTSD symptoms into the mix and you might even blame yourself for feeling anxious or stressed. Hint: it’s not your fault.
But what if you could change all that? One way is through practicing self-compassion. Here’s what that looks like:
- Being gentle with yourself when you’re going through a tough time.
- Trying to understand and be patient with what you think of as your own personality flaws.
- Working to accept your own limits.
Treating yourself with kindness, acceptance, and understanding can have a range of benefits:
- Less stress, anxiety, and depression
- Better ability to bounce back from setbacks and failures
- Healthier relationships
- Improved health
If panic attacks or PTSD symptoms are getting in your way, one form of self-compassion may be admitting to yourself that you need help. Freespira is a treatment that you can use at home to reduce or eliminate symptoms in 4 weeks without medication. It’s covered by some health plans with no out-of-pocket costs.